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Lakes and Salt Flats in Peru and Bolivia

15.8S 69.4W

August 28th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Chile, Bolivia and Peru - August 24th, 2009

Chile, Bolivia and Peru - August 24th, 2009

The dark blue waters of Lake Titicaca, shared by Peru and Bolivia contrast with the bright white salt flats of Salar de Uyuni, in Bolivia near the border with Chile.

Between the two is the greenish Lake Poopó, a large yet shallow lake in Bolivia’s Altiplano Mountains. Poopó is linked to Lake Titicaca by the Desaguadero River, from which it receives most of its water.

The water of Lake Poopó is highly saline, although the salt gradient has higher values in the southern reaches due to dilution with freshwater from the Desaguadero River in the north.

A minor outlet also leads to Salar de Uyuni in the far south of the Altiplano, but as the lake lacks any major outlet it is classified as an endorheic basin.

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